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September 28, 2016

Things that [May] Be Different about Adoption

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I can’t pretend to know what it’s like to grow a human for 9 months, then birth it, and listen to the world throw advice. But here are a few things I think may be different about adoption than birthing a biological baby. Our parents didn’t wait in the hospital waiting room and light cigars. Our parents waited with us for sure–a year and a half. But when it came down to delivery, my son didn’t come from my body. We heard over the phone that he was born and healthy. We were thrilled but with open hands, knowing he may not be ours two days later. Our parents waited to meet him until we left Texas (we had to wait for paperwork to clear before leaving the state) and then waited while we bonded for 6 more weeks. Becoming instant parents was wonderful but also took consideration from others … Continue reading

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September 23, 2016

A Child Worth Fighting For | Family Friday

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Meet Chandler and Griffin. In their words … In 2011, we attended The Church at Brook Hills under the leadership of David Platt. The Church at Brook Hills is a huge adoption/foster care advocate. We felt like the Lord was calling us to orphan care, and so, after much prayer, we started a domestic infant adoption in 2011. During this time, we became pregnant with our second child. This put our adoption on hold but allowed us to pray more about what adoption looked like in our lives. We ended up feeling called to switch to international adoption, more specifically, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We were matched with our son in May 2013. Little did we know, actually bringing our son home would require the fight of our lives. Our son was in an orphanage where he was not receiving proper care. The orphanage shut down and our … Continue reading

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September 20, 2016

Your Orphan Sunday Invitation | Mission Moments

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THE BEGINNING OF ORPHAN SUNDAY While attending a church service in Zambia, an American visitor was struck by the pastor’s passionate plea to care for orphans in the local community, ravaged by AIDS and poverty. The members of the congregation faced deep need themselves, but as the service ended, the visitor–Gary Schneider–watched as one person after another stepped forward with money, food, and other goods–some even taking off their shoes and placing them in the collection for the orphans. Gary was so impacted by this demonstration that he began coordinating Orphan Sunday events with leaders across Zambia. These efforts spread to the U.S. in 2003, where we now joyfully follow the example of our faithful Zambian brothers and sisters to reflect God’s heart for the fatherless. OrphanSunday.org is an initiative from the members of the Christian Alliance for Orphans. We invite you to join us for Orphan Sunday! NOVEMBER 13, 2016 On any given Sunday, one hundred worthy … Continue reading

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September 9, 2016

5 Encouraging Truths for Your Adoption | Family Friday

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God calls us to encourage each other. In God’s good design, He uses the testimony of other people to encourage us that He is good and in control and working things together for our good (Romans 8). To that end, 5 families who recently brought their children home with the help of adoption matching grants share examples of God’s goodness during their adoption process. 1. Meet the Wennigers–adopted from the U.S. “We had a match with a potential birthmother and it fell apart. And while that was such a hard thing to go through, God continued to show us His plans are the best. When our son came into our lives we understood!” 2. Meet the Wilhites–adopted from India  “God provided financially for our adoption in full. This was done so through fundraisers, grants, generous donors, and t-shirt sales. It seemed like such a daunting task, but when we put our yes on … Continue reading

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September 2, 2016

Raising Funds and Finding Gold | Family Friday

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The prospect of raising adoption funds is rarely an enjoyable one. For a variety of reasons, many families struggle to ask friends and family for help when paying the astronomical expenses associated with adoption. The fear of making people uncomfortable weighs heavy. Jeff and Liza (pictured above) understand. They recently brought their daughter home from China. Having not requested any grants during their first adoption, they decided to apply for a grant during their second adoption and see what God would do. In their words– We are extremely grateful for the matching grant we received from Lifesong. We were shocked to get the grant, and the funds came quickly when they were available. Lifesong made it so easy! When we asked, specifically, why a matching grant made the process of raising funds easier, they explained– Knowing there were dollars available to us motivated and encouraged us to get the word out. We think we were … Continue reading

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August 26, 2016

Orphan Sunday: 5 Ways You Can Make a Difference

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November 13, 2016. Christians around the world will observe Orphan Sunday and will stand in solidarity for the vulnerable. Many churches will highlight James 1:27 and renew their commitment to visit orphans in their affliction. Whether you are a church member or a member of church staff, you have an opportunity to join believers in standing for the orphan on this important day. Here are 5 ways you can get involved: 1. PRAY. Ask God to direct your church leadership as they decide how to care for vulnerable children and families. Pray for Christians to reflect God’s love at home and abroad. Pray for the needs of the fatherless. 2. PLAN. November will be here before we know it. We’ve got resources to help you communicate with church leadership, and we can wholehearted recommend the tools offered by Christian Alliance for Orphans as well. Regardless of what you choose to do, start planning now so November … Continue reading

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August 26, 2016

Adoption: A Game of Perseverance

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In 2001, two 21-year-old missionaries took turns holding a precious little girl who had been orphaned as a result of an epidemic in Kenya. Although we could not physically take this little lady home with us, what we took home spiritually was more significant. Simultaneously birthed within both our hearts was the dream of adoption. At age 25, we were married at last, and when it came time to pursue children of our own, adoption was most certainly an option. In the spring of 2013, we officially began the long, unromantic, flat-out hard work of becoming parents by adoption. When our case worker first met with us, she questioned where we were going to get the finances needed to adopt. Without flinching, we told her that was not a concern. God had called us to adopt, and He would finance it. We immediately sent out our grant and fundraiser applications. … Continue reading

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